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More Artists Join Dr. Cornel West, Jesse Jackson In Fight Against Grammys Over Eliminated Categories


(AllHipHop News) Educators/activists/rapper Dr. Cornel West and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are leading a group of artists and executives who are demanding cultural diversity from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

NARAS is the organization that produces the annual Grammy Awards, which honors the top performing music artists, producers and engineers, in a variety of categories.

But The Grammys has been under fire for sweeping changes the organization has made to the categories.

Dr. West and Rev. Jesse Jackson are working with artists/organizations like Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Grammywatch.org and now, Presente.org, in the battle to restore diversity to The Grammys.

Presente.org, which is the largest online Latino advocacy organization in the U.S., has joined in the growing criticism of The Grammys.

The artists and activists are upset that NARAS eliminated a number of categories, comprised mostly of ethnic music.

Categories like Gospel, R&B, Traditional and Contemporary Jazz, Latin Jazz, Traditional and Contemporary Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Polka, Mexican Norteña, Native American and Hawaiian music have been eliminated.

To make matters worse, the activists say the changes were done without the knowledge of the organizations 21,000 members.

“Neal Portnow and the big bosses at the Grammys have committed a deplorable act of greed and racial discrimination by deleting music categories that are so central to the lives of so many,” Presente.org Executive Director, Arturo Carmona, said. “Portnow and the Grammys have nothing to celebrate and deserve an lifetime achievement award for putting profit over people. We are honored and highly motivated to join the fight to re-institute the deleted categories on behalf of the millions who love Latin jazz, Gospel, R&B and other musical genres.”

Over the past year, the Grammys have come under fire for their alleged lack of diversity in honoring all forms of music.

Last year, music industry/advertising executive Steve Stoute wrote an open letter to The Grammy’s in a full-page ad in The New York Times .

He most recently sat down with the Associated Press, where he further discussed The Grammys’ lack of ethnic diversity, along with their alleged exploitation of Hip-Hop music.

Check out the article, which contains commentary from 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Quest Love and Steve Stoute.

  • Adrian Barron

    cant ban the snowman

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  • bigmarz

    the grammys are gay.

    • Very much so

    • LetsBeRealpeople

      No the Oscars are. The Gay or Queer Community only concentrates on the Tony’s and the Oscars. Grammy Party Nights died in the scene when Grunge hit mainstream. Just saying.

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  • MAN, I CAN’T EVEN SUPPORT CORNEL WEST ANYMORE  AFTER FINDING OUT HE
    FUUUCKS WITH WHITE WOMEN. THESE SO CALLED BLACK LEADERS BE PRO BLACK WHILE
    PLAYING IN THE SNOW. IS THERE ANY POWERFUL BLACK FOLKS OUT THERE WITH A
    VOICE THAT IS PRO BLACK THAT AINT GOT A WHITE GIRL ON THEY ARM/BI
    RACIAL KIDS? SAME FOR THE POWERFUL RICH BLACK WOMEN WITH A VOICE? THE
    FUUUUCK IS GOING ON!!!

    I LOST ALL RESPECT FOR DON CORNELIUS(R.I.P) TOO. HAD NO IDEA MR BLACK POWER, LOVE PEACE AND “SOUL” WIFED UP A PINK TOE.

    IT’S LIKE MOST OF OUR STRONG BLACK FIGURES WITH A VOICE ARE PLAYING IN THE SNOW OR THEY DIRECTLY MIXED.

    THIS MAKES ME SAD AS HELL!!! WE CAN’T HAVE SHIIIT WITHOUT A WHITE BEING INVOLVED SOMEWHERE IN THE MIX. I DON’T CARE WHAT IT IS.

    • rep87

      FARRARKHAN , THE LATE DR KHALD MUHAMMED . THESE MEN DROP KNOWLEDGE AND TO THIS DAY I HAVE MUCH RESPECT FOR

  • AlbertoRipRon

    So my comment waiting to be approved?  I’ll drop it again.  Grammys?  Grammys son?  Recognize a gimmick pro black leader when you see one.  Let’s talk about inner city schools closing.  Why the hood is still improverished. Police brutality?  Let’s talk real issues.  I don’t care who wins a grammy.  Should I be proud to say, “oh at least we got more black folks nominated this year for a grammy, now that’s progress”?  That’s crazy b.  This is real right here:  black leaders who were for your cause, sincerely, are either assassinated, imprisoned or been banished to another country.  That’s real.  These fakers aren’t having your interest in mind.  They just trying to make sure their jig moves are right in line with the diagram they were given.  Belee dat.

    • i feel you they should get together & start a black business tv station to show kids how to make money off of stocks real estate & ideas instead of them wanting to grow up & get rich by buffoonery 

  • rep87

    Who gives a damn bout a got damn grammy >PUBLIC ENEMY >1

  • pablokhan69

    Thats why the Soul Train Awards became the most valuable music award show because it focused on the many Diversified talents of our people… we need to stop try to fit in and get back to our space where you had to be talented to get in anyway..

  • Juan Spin Serrano

    Its true over the years the grammys have turned into the same thing as all of these other awards shows..hiphop and top 20.  i expect more from the grammys.

  • R_REAL_TALK

    OKAY OKAY WE HEAR U CORNEL WEST BUT I GOT 1 REQUEST  CAN SOMEBODY REFER THIS NEGRO A GOOD DENTIST TO GO TO CAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT GONNA RESPECT YOU WITH THE YELLOW BIG AA?SS GAP IN YOUR TEETH SNAGEL TOOTH
    AA?SS BOOKER T WASHINGTON AA?SS NEGRO??????

    P.S I MEAN LETS KEEP IT REAL THE GIANTS MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE SUPER BOWEL IF ALL THEY HAD TO DO IS KICK A FIELD GOAL BETWEEN THAT BIG AA?SS GAP IN YOUR MOUTH
    *•.¸ *•.¸ *•.¸ ¸.•* ¸.•* ¸.•*

    REAL REAL REAL REAL
    REAL REAL REAL REAL
    TALK TALK TALK TALK

    .•* ¸.•* ¸.•* *•.¸ *•.¸ *•

    • rep87

      im sure your education doesnt come close to Mr.West save the personal attacks and address the issue here only if your intelligent enough

  • Frankly, some of these genres could have been eliminated due to lack of interest, but it’s crazy to see R&B and Jazz eliminated.

  • sunsetblvd

    R&B needs to be reinstated. ASAP.

  • Ravi Singh

    wow. ll cool j supports eliminating gospel and r&b?

  • ldc3000

    There are multiple R&b categories. Which one was dropped? Having so many of them did seem redundant.

    • there is now just one category – best r&B song – no best male or female

    • qunsnuyorican

      they eliminated urban/alternative.  it is mostly independent r&b artists doing things outside the box.  less commercial more innovative/creative.

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  • I say let them do it and come up with an Ethnic Music Awards. Which will include ALL categories. It will take money out of the Grammy owners pockets

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  • LetsBeRealpeople

    Now that they have Adele, they don’t need an R & B catergory. Peep that son. Buck it. I agree with AlbertoRipRon at the end of the day. Saving something that effects lives that we actually live is worth putting energy into. The cap has been set so let’s get back to the basic and get hyped on education preservation.